Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction

What is a tooth extraction?

As part of your dental treatment, you may at times need to have a tooth extracted, or completely removed. A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth.

There are many reasons for a tooth to be extracted some reasons may include:

• decay

• infection

• orthodontic reasons

• trauma.

Extracting a tooth is generally considered safe, but there are risks and potential complications. It is only one method used to treat damaged or overcrowded teeth. Save on Medical Tourism will engage a provider who will discuss all of your treatment options with you to understand which options are right for you.

There are two general types of tooth extractions. They include:

• Simple extractions remove teeth that you can see above your gums. Dentists generally perform simple extractions using local anaesthesia and sometimes sedation. Simple extractions do not require the dentist to cut the gums and stitch them back up.

• Surgical extractions remove teeth below the gum line, such as teeth that have broken off or teeth that have not completely emerged. our clinics  perform surgical extractions using local anaesthesia and sedation.

Surgical tooth extractions involve cutting the gums, breaking up the tooth, and possibly removing bone near the tooth root. Following an extraction there are a number of instructions you should follow.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risk. Before proceeding with a surgical or invasive procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriate qualified practitioner.

Frequently Asked Questions

After your tooth has been removed, your dentist will probably need to make sure the gum socket is clean. If you needed a cut in the gum during tooth removal, you might need a stitch to close the cut.

You might have some bleeding  and if so, the dentist will usually ask you to bite down on a piece of gauze to stop the bleeding.

Once the anaesthetic wears off, you will probably have some pain. Your dentist might write you a prescription for pain relief medicine or recommend an over-the-counter medicine.

You’ll also probably be told to eat soft foods and chew on the unaffected side of your mouth for a while. Be careful not to bite your lip while it is numb. You should rest and avoid physical sports, smoking and drinking alcohol for the next 24 hours.

Usually, the wound will take 1 or 2 weeks to heal. However,  you must advise your dentist if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • ongoing severe pain — this may be caused by a complication called dry socket
  • excessive bleeding
  • a fever
  • swelling is normal and can reach its peak about 36 to 48 hours after surgery
  • swelling will start to reduce after 4 to 5 days
  • to help reduce swelling at home use an ice pack over your cheek for 20 minutes, remove for 10 minutes then repeat
  • some bruising may occur as the swelling reduces
  • sleep with 2 pillows so your head is slightly elevated
  • you may experience difficulty opening your mouth, this is normal and will become easier as swelling reduces
  • restrict your diet to fluids and soft foods
  • you may gradually return to your normal diet over the next week
  • begin normal brushing as soon as possible
  • spit, don’t rinse after brushing with fluoride toothpaste
  • tap water is the best drink.

It is normal to feel sore or uncomfortable after having a tooth removed. But the pain with dry socket can be intense. It may start a few days after the extraction. If you have dry socket you may have:

  • severe persistent, throbbing pain within 2 to 4 days of the tooth extraction — the pain may extend to your ear or eye on the same side of the face
  • bad breath
  • a slight fever
  • an unpleasant taste in your mouth

You may be able to see the dry socket – there will be exposed bone instead of a dark blood clot.

If you develop dry socket, your dentist or oral surgeon may:

  • flush out any food particles stuck in the socket
  • put a medicated dressing in the socket

Your dentist may prescribe antibiotics or pain medication. They may ask you to rinse your mouth with a mouthwash or salt water at home. The condition should improve quickly after treatment.